Two outstanding fiction writers discuss the marriage of fact and fiction. The main character of Chris Kraus’ lauded novel, I Love Dick, is called Chris Kraus, while her forthcoming work, The Childlike Life of the Black Tarantula: A 20th Century Fable, is a biography of writer Kathy Acker – also a fiction-and-fact-blender. Heather Rose’s The Museum of Modern Love wraps a fictional plot around Marina Abramovic’s real-world performance piece, The Artist is Present. Chris and Heather discuss blurring the borders between fact and fiction with Alice Grundy.
Chris Kraus (International)
Chris Kraus is a writer and cultural critic whose novels include Torpor, Aliens & Anorexia and Summer of Hate. Her first book, I Love Dick, is considered a late-20th century classic. Kraus is coeditor of the influential publishing house Semiotext(e), which has presented groundbreaking works of economic and critical theory, literature, poetics and sexuality. Her critical biography of the American writer Kathy Acker will be published in 2017.
Heather Rose (Australian)
Heather is the author of seven novels including The Museum of Modern Love and White Heart. For children, Heather writes with Danielle Wood under the pen-name Angelica Banks. Heather has been long-listed, shortlisted or won awards for literary fiction, crime fiction, fantasy and children's literature and is published internationally. She is the recipient of a 2017 Australia Council grant.
Alice Grundy (Australian)
Alice Grundy is associate publisher at Brio and editor-in-chief and co-founder of Seizure, an incubator for Australian writing.